James Watson

Director of Music Programs

James Watson  

Jim Watson is the Director of Music Programs at Defiance College. He conducts the Chamber Singers and the Choral Union, while remaining active in the studio and classroom. He completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of South Carolina, where he served as Instructor of Music Theory and Choral Ensemble Assistant. Before coming to USC, he served as the music department head at a secondary school in southeast Michigan.

Jim is active as adjudicator, clinician, and scholar. His broad research interests include choral repertoire selection, pedagogy, and gender issues in conducting. His research appears in the Choral Journal, and he is currently studying choral pedagogy. He presented workshops at the Michigan Music Conference, Midwest Christian Educator's Convention, South Carolina Independent School Association, and assisted at the American Choral Directors Association Southern Division and National Conferences.

Jim is also a church musician, having served churches in Michigan and South Carolina. His philosophy of education aligns with Defiance College's commitment to service. His goals include cultivating intellectual curiosity while providing ensemble experiences that are consistently recognized for excellence.

Jim Watson, D.M.A.
Director of Music Programs
Phone: 419-783-2331
Email:  jwatson@defiance.edu